The International Ghost Hunters Society was established in 1996 and was operated by Dr. Dave Oester and Dr. Sharon Gill Oester. They held ghost seminars and conferences starting in 1997 when they held their first conference in Decatur, Illinois. They have held seminars and conferences in Virginia City, NV; San Antonio, TX; New Orleans, LA; Salem, MA; Skykomish, WA; Crooked River Ranch, OR, Gettysburg, PA, Reno, NV and Albuquerque, NM. They held their first Caribbean Seminar at Sea in February 2003 aboard the MS Regal. Dave and Sharon first appeared in a thirty-minute segment focusing on them that aired on ABC Nightline in November 1994. They have appeared on over two-dozen prime time television segments, on over 400 radio stations and in national and international newspapers and magazines. They did a monthly two-hour radio talk show with syndicated Jeff Rense on the first Friday of each Month. They had been doing radio shows with Jeff Rense for almost thirteen years. The International Ghost Hunters Society lost Dr. Sharon Gill Oester in 2014. Dr. Dave continued to own and operate the International Ghost Hunters Society until his passing in 2015.
Today the International Ghost Hunters Society is operated by James Serra. James obtained his certification in paranormal investigating in 2001 through the IGHS. He also holds other certifications in advanced scientific theory for paranormal investigators, modern demonology for paranormal investigators, and a continuing professional development certification in parapsychology. James has twenty years of experience investigating the paranormal with investigations at private residences to museums and nationally known haunted locations.
The future of the International Ghost Hunters Society is continuing the work of Dr Dave and Sharon Oester in delivering quality content and information regarding the paranormal. To test some of the leading theories using scientific methodologies and to grow the IGHS into a unified professional data driven research organization.
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